South East Wales

Goose survives Rhondda crossbow arrow attack in neck

Goose with crossbow arrow in neck
Image caption The goose with the arrow in its neck which is also seen in an X-ray (inset)

A goose has survived after being found with a crossbow arrow embedded into its neck.

The RSPCA has described as "sick" the attack on the bird found at a lake in Blaenclydach, Tonypandy, near Rhondda Cynon Taf council offices.

Despite its injuries the goose was said to be bright, alert and able to eat when it was discovered.

It is responding well to treatment since having the arrow removed, and the RSPCA is appealing for information.

The bird was taken to Newport-based City Wildlife by an RSPCA officer where it is now being nursed back to health.

'Sick motivation'

"This was a deliberate act of cruelty and we need the public's help to find the person responsible," said RSPCA inspector Selina Chan.

"Whatever the sick motivation behind this attack we urgently need more information to prevent further incidents of this kind."

The goose is due to be released back into the wild as soon as it recovers.

Anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal can be prosecuted and could face up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £20,000.

The RSPCA asked anyone with information to call it on 0300 123 8018.

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